2LP Vinyl – STRUTLP180

In a seemingly ageless clip of South African singer-songwriter Miriam Makeba, performing live on prime-time US TV, she sounds and looks radiant, soaring and shimmying through a melody that is irresistibly catchy from its opening notes; show host Ed Sullivan introduces her briefly yet emphatically as “magnificent”. The year of the clip is 1967, and Makeba’s song is Pata Pata: an international smash hit by a black female talent exiled from her own country under apartheid rule.